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U.S. Federal agents encouraged to "friend" unsuspecting residents.

Big Brother recently made headlines for tracking a U.S. citizen, by placing a GPS device into his vehicle.  Now, a privacy watchdog group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has uncovered documents indicating that U.S. government agencies are monitoring social networking sites and tracking public communication online.

The EFF found that the Homeland Security Department monitored public online communication during the period of President Obama's inauguration.  In addition, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a unit of Homeland Security, is currently conducting an online effort that actively encourages agents to "friend" residents that they suspect may be involved in fraud.

Once a user posts online, government agencies create a public record and timeline of their activities according to reports

A 2008 memo (PDF) from the Department of Homeland Security stated that the agency is relying on people's "narcissistic tendencies" -- citing their need to amass a large group of friends by accepting friend requests from people that they don't know.

"This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS (Office of Fraud Detection and National Security) to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities," the memo said.

In addition to monitoring the obvious targets -- Facebook, Twitter and MySpace -- the agencies have recently focused on YouTube, Blogger, Digg, Craigslist and Wikipedia.  Flickr, MiGente, BlackPlanet, NPR, and DailyKos are online sites that have been monitored in the past. 

The EFF obtained its information through a freedom of information request.

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RE: Shouldn't that be a picture of Obama?
By JasonMick on 10/18/2010 12:42:47 PM , Rating: 5
The guy who promised the most transparent presidency has given us one of the most closed presidencies on record. I'm sure he's fully on board with monitoring of your private life since he's a National Socialist.

Why not both? Both Obama and his predecessor supported a level of legalized violation of privacy rights in the name of "national security" that would make even the worst ultra-rights or ultra-lefts proud.

I suggest this image:
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By MrBlastman on 10/18/2010 2:01:07 PM , Rating: 2
Jason's right--they are both guilty of trying to rape us of our basic rights and freedoms.

People have forgotten that our civil liberties, those guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights, are among the most fundamental things that are of utmost importance to us. They saw this as a fact over 200 years ago, why can't people see it anymore? :(

RE: Shouldn't that be a picture of Obama?
By Denigrate on 10/19/2010 9:41:30 AM , Rating: 2
Current big brother = Obama admin, and they are arguably worse than the previuos admin in wanting to take your freedoms. At least the Bush admin told you up front which freedoms they were taking. Obama admin just takes them, and you have to figure it out later.

RE: Shouldn't that be a picture of Obama?
By wiz220 on 10/19/2010 7:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
And exactly what freedoms have simply been "taken" by Obama only to be figured out later? From what I've seen news outlets were right on top of it. Obama and Bush are going about things in roughly the same way, meaning that they only came clean or gave any effort to explain what they were doing after people started asking questions.

By nstott on 10/26/2010 3:32:58 PM , Rating: 2
And exactly what freedoms have simply been "taken" by Obama only to be figured out later?

We're still figuring that out and will get back to you later.

By RivuxGamma on 10/28/2010 6:25:21 PM , Rating: 2

It's a foot in the door to put the other foot in your butt.

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